SLRgear tests the new Olympus 25mm lens. Says it’s fast, sharp and affordable!

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SLRgear (Click here) tested the new Olympus 25mm lens and writes:

The Olympus 25mm ƒ/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital is another excellent member of Olympus’ fast prime lens family for their Micro Four Thirds cameras. It feels solid and well-balanced on big and small Micro Four Thirds cameras, alike, and its compact size and light weight make it an excellent everyday, go-anywhere fast prime for portraits and low-light shooting.With outstanding sharpness, even wide-open, as well as minimal CA, vignetting and distortion, the new 25mm ƒ/1.8 is a very solid performer that produces excellent images.

The lens has been also tested by Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews:

This review is one of the fastest I’ve ever written, not because there isn’t much to say but because the lens works so well that there isn’t anything else to add. The M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 might rapidly become a classic lens in the MFT system, especially among those who enjoy this field of view. It is cheaper than the 25mm f/1.4 by Leica and its price might decrease like the 45mm f/1.8 did. This would make it just another example of an excellent compromise between image quality and price for the system.

Keep in mind that you save $100 on that lens if you buy it along a new MFT camera. See the details at Amazon (Click here) and GetOlympus (Click here)!

E-M10 and 25mm links for US and Europe:
Special page with all new products at Amazon.
E-M10 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama , GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
E-M10 with 14-42mm lens Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaGetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
25mm f/1.8 Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Black at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
14-42mm Silver at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex UK, Amazon Germany.
Olympus SP-100 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus TG-850 iHS at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
Olympus ECG-1 Black Camera Grip for E-M10 at Amazon, Adorama.
Olympus 9mm f8.0 Fisheye Body Cap Lens at Adorama, GetOlympus. In EU at Wex Uk.
Olympus V321200BW000 Macro Converter MCON-P02 (Black) at Amazon,

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  • Luke

    Good lens is good for system. Oh wait, I mean… insert partisan bickering.

    EDIT: BTW, thanks for including a Lens Hood, Oly. Any chance you could actually produce lens bags/cases for these suckers too? Or at least not print the name & model number of a discontinued variety on the box as the official accessory.

    • Dummy00001

      “Any chance you could actually produce lens bags/cases for these suckers too?”

      Got me one of those neoprene pouches – designed for the P&S cameras. Two pancakes or one pancake + 45mm fit inside perfectly.

  • dolbydunn

    I’m on B&H notification list for the O25 silver . . . looks like it was made for my GM1.

    • AustrianGeek

      Yep. Also the 45mm 1.8 is VERY nice on the GM1! =)

      • dolbydunn

        You’re Right. I have the O45 on my GM1 now and it’s a perfect match, both size and color. “That’s what gave me the idea for the O25” ;)

  • G Simard

    I got mine about a week ago … and it will always be in my camera bag. Very light and fast (basically the little brother of the 45mm) :)

  • dstroud

    Interestingly, it seems SLRgear has tested on an Panasonic GX1 and found more CA than with the PL 25mm 1.4: “While this lens provides a similar focal length, the Panasonic lens is 2/3 of stop brighter for better low-light performance, but shows more vignetting at that aperture. The lens also shows less CA on average and much less distortion, however it’s physically larger and quite a bit more expensive”. Interesting comparison and I suspect I may end up giving my PL 25mm 1.4 to the wife for her GX7 and pick up the Oly 1.8 for my E-M1.

    • If you’re sharing lenses, wouldn’t it make more sense to get a different focal length like a 17mm f1.8 or 45mm instead of a second 25mm?

      • dstroud

        Yes. But, as you know (I seem to recall you are a Voigtlander guy) sometimes buying a lens is a crime of passion.

        To be honest, I’m a big fan of the Oly 45mm but I have never really fallen in love with my PL 25mm. Part of me is hoping that the new Oly 25mm captures some of whatever I really love about the 45mm in a more all-around-useful focal length. Unlikely, I suppose.

        • I’m definitely a Voigtländer fiend, but I still LOVE lenses of pretty much any sort.
          I keep debating whether to get a 45mm or not… just because. ;-)

          • so 650

            I’m a little sad that I just got the Oly 75 and 45 … because it makes it much less likely (both for cash flow and focal length redundancy issues) that I’ll ever get the Voigtlander 58/1.4 SLII, or the 75/1.8, or the 50/1.5 Nokton, or the 50/2 Heliar, or any of those other beauties over at Cameraquest. The 25/0.95 remains by far my favorite.

            At least the 58 is far enough from those two Olys, right? If some guy on a forum says it’s reasonable, I’m sure my wife will let me buy it!

            ps – Jeff, I’m super impressed with your use of the umlaut!

            • Yeah, I got a 75mm f2.5 Color Heliar instead of the 75mm f1.8 Nokton or the Oly 75mm. Great little lens and much cheaper than the other two. Of course, as soon as it was discontinued, the cost jumped $200 to $689.

              That 50mm f1.5 Nokton looks great. Marco has one and loves it!

        • if you never fell in love with the pl 25, if find it hard to believe, you wil fall in love with the zuiko 25. We are talking about 2 completely different FL here.

    • Fantastic!

      I have been holding out for this lens. The $200 Sigma 30mm f/2.8 is too slow, though great value. While the Panasonic Leica is great in IQ, it’s rattlesnaking problem bothers me, and it’s also big, ugly and expensive. Wish Olympus will continue making reasonably priced lenses like the 45mm and 25mm. A 10mm like this would be great!

      • Anon

        Rattlesnake occurs only when the Aperture is controlled by the camera. If you shoot almost only in A mode, its a none issue.

    • John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmid

      Even odder, when they tested the 25mm 1.4, they did it on an Olympus EP-1.

  • mimstyle

    Ok my 25mm panasonic is fast, sharp…

  • Mark Z

    In the UK Oly 25mm is £369 and Pana 25mm is £399, so less than10% price difference. So the choice is totally down to performance/feature related factors or brand preference in respect of what software correction advantages may be present with your body.

  • Dummy00001

    Not a fan of 50mm eq FL. Might pick it though if price ever falls to 250€.

    P.S. In Germany, the price of Oly 9-18 is slowly approaching the 500€ mark. And 12-32’s is already below 300€.

    • “Not a fan of 50mm eq FL. Might pick it though if price ever falls to 250€.”
      this sounds like you might buy it even if you dont like it.

      • Dummy00001

        Gear lust. ;)

  • Dummy00001

    As I’m reading all the reviews, comparing the two lenses, all complains about PL25 are basically the very same negative points applicable to all f/1.4 or brighter primes. And the SLRGear review talks about it as if they never heard about them. IOW Oly 25mm looks better mostly because it is only f/1.8 and thus has far less of the problems associated with the f/1.4/brighter aperture.

    Otherwise, IQ gap isn’t wide enough to matter really to me personally. But other things – smaller MFD, price – are all clear advantages to the Oly.

    P.S. I do not think Panny can sustain the lens sales, unless they wouldn’t start revamping/refreshing their lens catalog with more *affordable* lenses. Panny should make affordable compact 2.8-4/12-60 :)

    • Bob B.

      Plus One…to everything you said…I have the Panny….and the small size and the MFD are very attractive qualities of the OLY…but I think that I will just sit tight as I have a faster lens and it apparently has a better build quality than the Oly, too…but most reviewers are turning that into the “lighter weight, positive spin thing”. Some reviewers have said that the Oly feels cheaply made…..but it is priced right with some great qualities..but it ain’t no Otus!!!! :-)

  • Turbofrog

    I compared, and it’s even sharper in their testing than the Panny 20mm f1.7, which is really impressive to me.

    I still don’t think there’s really room for it in my kit, since the 20mm is a lot shorter which makes the overall camera size noticeably smaller, and having both seems pretty redundant to me. But it definitely seems like a nice lens.

  • Ahmad Al-Joboori

    “Affordable” 399 vs 100 for Canikon 1.8

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